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Abir MullickAbir MullickProfessor

Abir Mullick is a Full Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. A recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Award funded by the U.S. State Department, he recently spent ten months as the Endowed Chair, Jamshedji Tata Research Initiative for Universal Design at the National Institute of Design which he continues to hold.


Professor Mullick’s is a strong proponent of universal design, he is internationally known for his work that deals with social justice, personal empowerment and collective equity. He is one of the authors of the Seven Principles of Universal Design, USA. While in India, he lead a team of Indian experts to co-develop the Five Universal Design India Principles grounded in Indian social and cultural values.


As part of the Fulbright work, Professor Mullick researched bathroom needs of slum dwellers to develop public toilets for Indian use. His work focuses on the elderly, women, men, disabled and children to produce new designs of public toilets that address safety, privacy, usability, gender, assistance and equity issues. Grounded in history, tradition and lifestyle, the new public toilets address the Indian habits and deter outdoor defecation.


Professor Mullick has a strong multi-disciplinary background and his educational and professional experience is grounded in Architecture, Industrial Design, City Planning and Business Management. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, he has served in higher education over twenty years, teaching Architecture and Industrial Design. A scholar, researcher and designer, is a recipient of many sponsored projects in universal design funded by corporations, foundations and the National Insitute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.


Professor Mullick is the winner of MphasiS Universal Design Award 2011, for work towards the cause of accessibility in India. His work has won many international design awards including the American Society on Aging award as well as the coveted IDEA award by the Industrial Designers Society of America. He holds many patents and many have been commercialized.


Professor Mullick has published extensively in design, architecture, planning, rehabilitation and human factors journals and his work has appeared in reputable publications like the Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, the Business Week and the India Today. A resource person to the United Nations, Professor he consults internationally on disability issues and public access.

International specialist on the transport needs of disabled and older people.
Ann Frye is an international specialist on the transport needs of disabled and older people.

She advises public, commercial and professional bodies on policy solutions to meet mobility needs in all transport modes, and in the pedestrian environment.

Ann chairs the sub-group on disabled air travellers (PRMs) of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and co-chairs the US Transportation Research Board sub-committee on International Activities in Accessible Transportation and Mobility.

Ann has led Europe-wide projects for the European Commission and the European Science Foundation to develop Standards and Best Practice in accessible buses and heavy rail services. She has also advised Governments and transport authorities in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

She has developed and delivered training to transport professionals including airline cabin crew and National Enforcement Bodies as well as engineers and policy makers responsible for the design and delivery of accessible rail and bus services.

She is currently working with the United Nations and the International Transport Forum on the mobility implications of a global ageing population.

Ann has worked in this field for over 25 years; until 2006 she headed the Mobility & Inclusion Unit in the UK Government Department for Transport where she delivered a major programme of research, legislation and policy to promote the mobility of disabled and older people in all public transport modes including aviation.

She is a Visiting Professor at University College London. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and of the Institution of Highways and Transportation in the UK and an honorary Transport Planning Professional.
Ben LinBen LinChair, Working Committee on Transportation an and Tourism, Asia and Pacific Disability Forum

Ben Lin is the current Chair, Working Committee on Transportation an and Tourism, Asia and Pacific Disability Forum since 2010 and is the Director-General, Division of Sheltered Workplaces, Eden Social Welfare Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan. He is also an executive board member, Taiwan NPO Self-Regulation Alliance since 2009.

Ben lost his right arm due to an occupational accident when he was 12 years old. Unsure about his future, he put in a lot of effort in pursuing his degree while working part-time. He therefore became the first person to hold a university degree in his family.

Ben joined Eden in 1993, where he has committed himself to disability welfare services. Over the past 15 years, Ben has worked in various projects in Eden, including marketing products from sheltered workshops, NPO brand making, sheltered workshop management, and public fundraising. He has successfully merged public fundraising and social enterprise, and therefore increased fundraising efficiency.

In recognition of his contributions, he was elected “the best Edener” in 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the 13th “Golden Eagle Award” for the best model person with disabilities by the Ministry of Interior, Govt. of Taiwan.

Ban has also started to engage in Eden’s international affairs. In 2010, he presented a paper entitled “Accessible Mobility and Transportation for Persons with Mobility Challenges in Taiwan” at the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010), Hong Kong. Since 2010, Ben Lin has been chairing the Working Committee of Asia and Pacific Disability Forum. And in 2011, he presented a paper entitled “Subject- Accessible Tourism drives the accessible Life Circle.-Case Study : Eden Foundation” at the 2011 International Conference on Accessible Tourism Conference (ICAT 2011), Taipei, Taiwan.

Billie Louise (Beezy) BentzenBillie Louise (Beezy) BentzenCertified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Ph.D.
Beezy Bentzen is an orientation and mobility specialist, having taught people who are visually impaired to travel independently for more than 30 years.

She is also an experimental psychologist, who has researched ways to improve environmental access for people who are visually impaired including such means as large print, tactile, and electronic signs, audible signs, tactile maps, accessible pedestrian signals, visual contrast, and tactile walking surface indicators.  Her current research interests are narrative maps, and wayfinding and safety at street crossings.

Christopher (Kit) MitchellChristopher (Kit) Mitchellworked at the British government Transport and Road Research Laboratory / Transport Research Laboratory from 1970 to 1994
Dr Mitchell worked at the British government Transport and Road Research Laboratory/Transport Research Laboratory from 1970 to 1994, on public transport, including the Cabtrack and Minitram automated systems and the Dial-a-bus demonstrations of the the mid-1970s; on transport planning and the effects of transport policies on different groups of people; and from 1982 as Head of the Environment Divison. 

From the early 1980s he also ran TRRL’s research on transport for disabled people.  He led the group that drafted the first Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) specification for local buses in 1988, helped to set up the Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service (MAVIS) and managed the research that produced the guide books ‘Door to Door’ and ‘Ins and Outs’ (A guide to car choice).

 He co-chaired the TRB Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility 2003-09, and is a member of the TRB Committee on the Safe Mobility of Older Persons.  Recipient of the William G Bell Award for services to accessible transportation, 2001 and Emeritus Member of TRB 2011.  Lectured on accessible transport in Germany, Croatia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Viet Nam and Japan.  Currently providing the statistics database and helping to write the British Institute of Advanced Motorists 'Motoring Facts', producing a review of research on older drivers for the RAC Foundation and assisting UNDP improve the accessibility of public transport in Penang State, Malaysia.

David LewisDavid LewisPhD, FCIT
Principal Economic Advisor and Senior Vice President of HDR Inc.
David Lewis is Principal Economic Advisor and Senior Vice President of HDR Inc.  He was the first recipient of the William G. Bell Award for his research in accessible transportation. He conducted the Regulatory Impact Analysis of rules governing transit systems under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the newly published architectural and design regulations (ADAAG) governing the accessibility of public and private buildings.

He is past Chairman of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Mobility and Accessibility. His book, Policy and Planning as Public Choice (with Dr. Fred Williams) was published in 1999.  Dr. Lewis holds a PhD from the London School of Economics
Gerhard MenckhoffGerhard MenckhoffIndependent Transport Consultant
Gerhard Menckhoff is an independent transport consultant specializing in sustainable solutions to urban mobility, such as Bus Rapid Transit, other public transport, traffic demand management, and non-motorized transport.   He is closely associated with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Clean Air Institute for Latin America.

From 1981 to June 2010 (the last 10 years as a consultant), Gerhard Menckhoff worked for the World Bank on infrastructure operations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  While his main specialty is in urban transport, he was also responsible for projects dealing with non-urban transport and municipal development.

Before joining the Bank's staff, he worked 17 years for a large US consulting firm, assigned to offices in New York, Helsinki, São Paulo, Brisbane, Dublin, London, Algiers and La Paz (Bolivia).  He holds engineering degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Ohio State University.
Joseph KwanJoseph KwanGlobal Chair of the RI International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA)
He is an experienced architect and access consultant with involvement in access to the built environment, transportation and inclusive tourism since 1987.

He has practiced architecture in Australia, United Kingdom and France; and was the Director of an access advisory service in Hong Kong from 1987 to 2005. He founded the practice UDA Consultants Ltd., a specialist consultancy on Universal Design and Accessibility.

Joseph Kwan is a Resource Person to the United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and The Pacific (UN-ESCAP) on training in Non-Handicapping Environments and also their Expert/Consultant on the promotion of Barrier-Free Tourism in Asia and the Pacific.

He is a Council Member of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and the International Director of the UIA Work Programme on "Architecture for All" since 1999. He is a Member of the International Standards Organization Working Group on the ISO Standard: "Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment", and a Member of the International Steering Committee for TRANSED (International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons) Conferences. He was a Resource Person to the Asia Training Centre on Aging (ATCOA) at the University of Chiang Mai, Thailand, of HelpAge International, U.K.

Joseph Kwan was a Member of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Rehabilitation Advisory Committee Sub-Committee on Access, a Member of the Transport Department's Expert Group Forum as well as the Working Group on Access to Public Transport by Disabled Persons; an appointed Member of the Building Department's Advisory Committee on Barrier Free Access; and is the current Member of the Building Committee of the Hong Kong Housing Authority.  He is also the Co-Convenor of the Ocean Park Disabled Advisory Committee. He was the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

He is the author of a number of papers and articles on various aspects of designing for accessibility/disability and universal design, where he has extensive lecture experiences in this field at the local, regional and international level. He has been an External Reviewer for the Universities' Schools of Architecture and School of Design in Hong Kong. He was an Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.

In 2000, he was a Recipient of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong Citation "in recognition of distinguished achievement as a community based consultancy service in promoting and implementing barrier-free accessible environments for the elderly and people with disabilities in Hong Kong". On 1st July 2001, he was awarded the "Medal of Honour" (MH) by the Hong Kong SAR Government for "his valuable contributions in improving a built environment that caters for the needs of people with disabilities".
Julie BabinardJulie BabinardEnvironmental and social development specialist
Julie Babinard is an environmental and social development specialist in the Transport Unit of the Transport, Water and Information and Communication Technology Department of the World Bank.

Her research, publications and operational experience focus on inclusion, employment, health and environmental aspects of transport operations. She also coordinates the Transport for Social Responsibility Thematic Group which aims to develop guidance and good practice for optimizing the social and environmental benefits of the sector's policies and investments. Ms. Babinard holds a Master's in International Policy Studies from Stanford University with a background in environmental and natural resource economics.

She has published a number of papers, chapters and strategy notes on international development economics topics, including transport and access issues. Prior to joining the Bank in 2001, she worked as a researcher for the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, California, and at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC. She can be contacted  at jbabinard@worldbank.org
Lalita SenLalita SenProfessor, Texas Southern University, USA
Dr Lalita Sen is full Professor at Department of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan -Mickey Leland School of Public Affair, Texas Southern University, USA.

After her B. Sc. from Universiy College of Swansea, University of Wales, UK, she went to do her MS and Ph.D. in Transportation Georgraphy from Northwestern University.

Her area of research and publications has been on evaluation of accessibility and mobility needs of seniors and persons with disabilities for over the last twenty five years, housing and community development. She has focused more recently on accessible tourism, and accessibility and mobility issues of seniors and persons with disabilities in the developing countries and how this impacts community development and economic opportunities for those without adequate public transportation or accessible infra structure.

Dr. Sen has participated in TRANSED since 1978 (International Conference on Accessibility and Mobility) and is currently the Co-Chair of the Accessible Transportation and Mobility Standing committee of The TRB. She is a board member of the Association of Transportation Professional of Indian Origin (ATPIO), and other local transportation committees in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas. She can be contacted at Sen_lx@tsu.edu
Ling SuenLing SuenCo-founder and Secretary General, International Centre for Accessible Transportation (ICAT)
L. Suen is a world leader in concept development of universal transportation framework, policy formulation, standard setting, guideline and best practices, research and implementation. She has extensive project management experience in the transport sector including local, national and international passenger transportation. She is a renowned transportation manager and researcher and is recognized internationally as an authority in accessible transportation for elderly and disabled persons and multi-modal transport planning with emphasis on urban transportation. She has received numerous awards for her contribution to transportation planning and the Canadian public service over the past 20 years.

Mrs. Ling Suen is co-founder and Secretary General, International Centre for Accessible Transportation (ICAT) located in Montreal, Canada. ICAT is a not-for-profit, non-government international organization established to support the development and introduction of new technologies and related improvements to make transportation more accessible to all travellers regardless of national boundaries. In her private pratcice, she is the Director of Transportation Planning, Intelligent Computer Systems and Applications (ICSA) Inc.

Mrs. Suen received her BA from the University of Hong Kong and her MA majoring in transportation planning from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Mrs. Suen is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and an eemeritus member of the Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility, US Transportation Research Board (TRB), having served as its Chair from 1998-2003. This committee has conferred on her the 1994 William G Bell Award for leadership and services to accessible transportation, as well as the 2001 Roger Tate Award for significant contribution to written literature on accessible transportation. Other major awards that she has received are: the 1994 Gold Medal, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the 1994 Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and the 1989 Access to the Skies Innovator Award, from the Paralysed Veterans of America.
Mary CrassMary CrassHead of Policy and Forum Preparation, International Transport Forum
Mary Crass is Head of Policy and Forum Preparation for the Paris-based International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation linked to the OECD. She is responsible for the development of the programme and preparation for the annual International Transport Forum meeting in Leipzig each May. http://internationaltransportforum.org/.  She has also been in charge of the organisation's work on sustainable urban travel, accessible transport and social inclusion and crime and terrorism in transport.

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Crass worked as a private consultant focusing on transport and environment issues for among others the UN Environment Programme, the European Commission and OECD, as well as private enterprise. She was previously with a U.S.-based environmental consulting firm specialising in environmental technical assistance work in developing countries and economies in transition.

Ms. Crass has a Masters Degree in international economics and energy and environment policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael WinterMichael WinterSenior Program Analyst

Senior Program Analyst, Office of Research Management
Federal Transit Administration.

Michael A. Winter works in the International Research Office of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  His area of expertise is international transportation accessibility issues and their role in facilitating independent living.  He has served a number of other roles within the FTA including the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and the Associate Administrator of the Office of Budget and Policy.  Before his work in the federal government, Michael Winter was the Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California and also served as an elected official on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) Board of Directors for 6 years.

From 1989- 1991, Michael was the President of the National Council on Independent Living and helped to lead the grassroots effort to achieve the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Most recently, Michael served on the Obama Presidential Transition Team for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mukhtar Al ShibaniMukhtar Al ShibaniCurrently serving as President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies
Architect Mukhtar Alshibani is currently serving as President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, having previously served a 3 year term as its Vice President. 
He is an active member of the International Union of Architects and represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the ISO TC59/SC16 Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment Standard Committee.
He continues to work with the Arab Urban Development Institute and the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research as an Access Consultant. 

Mukhtar has participated in many local and international symposiums and seminars related to the architectural & urban built environment and its effect in the disabled and elderly people. In 2010 Mukhtar participated in the UN Experts Group of Accessibility in DC under the World Bank. In recent years he has participated in a number of international conferences on accessibility, including presenting a paper at TRANSED 2007 Montreal, and TRANSED 2010 in Hong Kong. He has also presented at the 7th DPI World Assembly in Seoul, Korea, the 3rd Disability Conference in Riyadh, the 9th Gulf Disability Conference in Qatar, UNESCO - Human Rights Conference, Paris, and the International Union of Architects meeting in Italy, among many. 
Mukhtar has shared his knowledge of universal design and accessibility, having been a visiting lecturer at a number of Architectural colleges in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he has conducted a number of lectures in the six colleges of Architecture in KSA universities about UIA and Saudi Umran Society.  He helped establish the first Modeling Centre in the Arab world in Riyadh KSA, were the center has accomplished more than 5000 models for projects in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf plus the Arab world for the top consultants and developers.

Mukhtar established his own firm, Almodon Urban Consultancy, the first consulting office dealing with accessibility in Riyadh. The opening of his office coincided with the beginning period of the Arab world dealing with needs of people with disabilities’ with respect to the built environment.
Mukhtar has a Masters degree in architecture from college of architecture King Saudi University, Riyadh, KSA, where his dissertation was on the Design Criteria for the Disabled in the Saudi Built Environment. He obtained his bachelor in Architecture from College of Engineering Architecture Department Riyadh University, KSA. He can be contacted at  almodon@gmail.com 

Ranjith de SilvaRanjith de SilvaRegional Coordinator, International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
Ranjith is the Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific of the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD), a global network of individuals and organisations working together towards improved access, mobility and economic opportunity for poor communities in developing countries.

He is based in Sri Lanka and has been associated with Rural Transport development for over 25 years. He has worked for 16 years as a Mechanical Engineer in an organization of the Government of Sri Lanka before joining the British INGO Practical Action. As the International Transport Programme Manager of the Practical Action he has advocated starting transport pilot projects on alternative transport interventions in Kenya, Sudan, Peru, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. 

He joined the IFRTD in 2003 and continues as the Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific. He has presented many papers on many aspects of rural transport at various international seminars and conferences. His specialization is alternative transport modes and Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT). He is a firm believer of South-South knowledge transfer through networking.

He is very much involved in policy influencing activities in regard to improved access and mobility of the Persons with Disabilities and the elderly, particularly in rural areas and in public transport through IFRTD networks in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and the Philippines.
Russell ThatcherRussell ThatcherA Senior Transportation Planner with TranSystems Corp., a transportation planning and consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Russell Thatcher is a Senior Transportation Planner with TranSystems Corp., a transportation planning and consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). He has 32 years of experience in transit and paratransit planning, policy, and operations.

He has particular expertise in accessible transportation service design and implementation, paratransit operations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and innovative services for individuals with disabilities. He was a co-author of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) ADA Paratransit Handbook, and authored the ADA Paratransit Eligibility Manual.

He has also served as the Principal Investigator on several national research projects on accessible transportation in the U.S. Mr. Thatcher is Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility.
Thomas E. RickertThomas E. RickertDirector of Access Exchange International (AEI)
Rickert is the founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International (AEI), an NGO with twenty years of experience in promoting accessible public transit for persons with disabilities and seniors in less-wealthy countries around the world.  Prior to founding AEI, he was Manager of Accessible Services for San Francisco's bus and light rail systems as well as coordinator of San Francisco's door-to-door van and taxi services for disabled passengers. He has provided workshops and presentations in twenty-five countries and has carried out accessible transport projects sponsored by the UK's Department for International Development and USAID.

He serves as a consultant to the World Bank responsible for compilation of its Bus Rapid Transit Accessibility Guidelines and Transit Access Training Toolkit.  Rickert is a member of the Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility of the USA's Transportation Research Board and is Co-chair of its International Subcommittee. He can be contacted at  tom@globalride-sf.org
Saowalak ThongkwaySaowalak ThongkwayRegional Development Officer (RDO) Disabled Peoples' International - Asia Pacific Region (DPI-AP)
Saowalak Thongkuay has been working at DPIAP since 2007 and serves as a regional focal point of DPI national assemblies and the disability movement in the region.

She is responsible for promoting and strengthening the movement and network of persons with disabilities at the regional and sub-regional level, promoting a barrier free society, creating a program to mobilize the disability movement in the region and sub-region, creating partnership among stakeholders, strengthening and promoting international and regional collaboration and developing disability and knowledge management.

In 2006 she became a Disability Equality Training (DET) trainer, and created a module for DET. She obtained her Masters Degree of Education Program in Human Resource Development from Ramkhamhaeng University in Thailand. She also received a certificate in Computer Business Management in English at Redemptorist Vocational School for the Disabled (RVSD) and her B.B.A in Public Relations at Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.

Saowalak was awarded as the “Outstanding Women” to promote women human rights by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Royal Thai Government in 2008. She also serves on several committees.